Photographer: Simone Steenberg, Model: Maria Chroni, Hair: Britta Tess, Make up: Porsche Poon
Whereabouts are you from?
I am from a small village called Heiligkreuz, in the eastern part of Switzerland, surrounded by beautiful mountains. It impacted me a lot and I grew up playing in the nature, as opposed to watching TV all day. It was about being outdoors: building things with what we found, being both active and creative. This is the reason that I am now a really practical person; I always have to make things in 3D to get my ideas out of my system.
We previously spoke about the Swiss education system being a big part of your outlook. Can you talk more about this?
When I went to school in Switzerland, the education focussed on science and economics. It made me a very logical, mathematical and 3 dimensional thinker. I see everything in numbers, lines and patterns. Art and design weren’t important subjects at school and there was not a lot of support. I am not at all from an artistic background. My interest in creative subjects was a natural development of how my parents raised me, allowing me to be whoever I wanted to be, and to do what ever I loved. When I first came to London, I struggled during my foundation course. Everyone had such developed skills compared to mine, but at the same time I had a bigger knowledge of science, and this influenced my work. I began to explore and develop my design language, inspired by science.
You collaborated with students from the Imperial College, what did you do?
I questioned if we are able to create the ‘perfect’ dress, silhouette and line with the help of science. So I started to look into theories such as the Golden Ratio Theory and the Chaos Theory, finding perfection in chaos. It led me to have many conversations with Maths and Physics students from the Imperial College London, as we questioned perfection and beauty and its meanings in science and art.